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The Lotus

A recent discussion with a friend concerning new technology and the advances made in ceramics led me to read more on the subject. As the internet takes sleepless individuals stumbling across links, I read about nanotech and how nature, particularly the lotus, is being used to understand how things can be made water repellent. Learning more about this quite unique (and symbolically important flower) took me to an image which struck me deeply. In my mind’s eye, I saw it as flames shooting out of the water.

Lotus in water urdu poetry

A red lotus in blue water…

It is interesting to me that fire and water can coexist so beautifully in nature as they do. An example which comes to mind is the magnificence of undersea volcanoes. If you would permit me a slight digression from the exact science, it seems that in that particular place, liquid fire battles liquid water. As the thoughts ran in my mind along with the image of the red lotus, a poor ghazal formed which I present below:

کنولِ احمر کا رنگ، مثلِ نار ہے

آبی سکوں کے اوپر، یہ شرار ہے

The red lotus appears as a flame

Upon still waters

It dances

With light

 

تھک نہ توں ابھی سفرِ عشق سے

وہ دیکھ بعدِ دشت، سبزازار ہے

So do not tire of this journey

Look, there it is

Just beyond the desert

An oasis

 

عقیدت  ہے  یہی،  عبادت  ہے یہی

جاری اس چشم سے، اک آبشار ہے

Such as reverence

Such is worship

Her sight

Draws tears from my eyes

 

سب  انتظام ہے،  بڑا اہتمام  ہے

خمر و مۓ یہاں، ترا انتظار ہے

All arrangements made

All said and done

There is wine and strong drink

I just await you

 

قصّہِ دیرینہ پے  آنکھ  سے نگینہ؟

تیرا گناہ نہیں، کیوں شرمسار ہے؟

That old tale

Draws jewels from your eyes

It was not your fault

Why do you cry?

 

گنواؤں کیا آپ کو اپنی غلطیاں؟

تعداد  اک  نہیں،  کئی ہزار ہے

Should I recount

The mistakes I made

Not just one or two

But by the thousands

 

نہ گل نہ بوِ گل نہ روِ گل ملی

یہ بہار ہے تو عجب بہار ہے

No flower, nor its scent

Nor its shape

If this is spring

It is a strange one

 

پسند ہے مجھے یہ بے چاند رات

ماہِ نقاب  پوش،  میرا رازدار ہے

But I do like this

Moonless night

The veiled moon

Hides my darkest desires

 

کیا ملا تجھکو یوں رلا کے مجھ کو

میں بے قرار ہوں،  توں بیقرار ہے

And what did you gain?

By bringing me to tears

Now you are hurt

Just as I am

 

کون جانے گا یہ؟ کیا تماشا ہے یہ؟

سرِ  جوِ  فرہاد،  اک  کوہسار  ہے

Who can understand

The logic behind this

The source of this life giving water

Is but a dead rocky mountain

 

لو آپ سے بھی، دھوکہ دہی ہوئی

اب بھی کہتا ہوں، تیرا اعتبار ہے

I stand amazed

That you too defrauded me

But yet I say

I trust you completely

 

استاد  تو  بس  انکا   تعبیدار  ہے

شریف نے امیر، فقط خاکسار ہے

And he is but

Her obedient servant

Neither well known nor rich

Just a humble man

 

 

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